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Where The Shadows Lie: First book in the Fire & Ice crime fiction series set in Iceland

Mount Hekla. Iceland’s most active volcano and the medieval “Mouth of Hell”.

Church at Budir


Where The Shadows Lie, is the first in the Fire and Ice series about an Icelandic detective named Magnus. It was published by Corvus in Britain in 2010, and by Minotaur in the US in 2011.

This was followed by three more novels in the series: 66° North (published as Far North in the US), Meltwater, and Sea of Stone. I have also written a 60 page novella featuring Magnus called Edge of Nowhere.

I have written an article for my publishers, Making Magnus, about how I created the character. And this interview in the Bookseller, explains why I changed genres from financial thrillers and came to write Where The Shadows Lie."

The Fire and Ice series is published in about twenty countries, including Iceland, Germany, the United States, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands. For more details look here.

Ein Interview Auf Deutsch

Some of the nicer things people have said about my novels:

"Ridpath has that read-on factor that sets bestsellers apart"
The Guardian.

"Ridpath's thrillers are remarkable for having their finger on the pulse"
Mail on Sunday.

"Riveting reading"
The Times.

"Taut strongly plotted… provides a rush of blood to the head and stings your page-turning fingertips."

"Magnus Jonson is a complex and totally compelling character"
New York Journal of Books.

"Michael Ridpath is on the war path, trouncing the Scandinavians on their home turf. This is international thriller writing at its best, fine characters, page turning suspense and a great, fresh location."
Peter James.